Nancy Reagan: 'Thank you all so very much'

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The lead Letter to the Editor in today's L.A. Times Opinion section is from Nancy Reagan:

In the last 30 days I have experienced an extraordinary outpouring of sympathy and love from old friends and new across the country and around the world. So much has happened to warm the hearts of everyone in my family. It is not easy to find a way to express our appreciation. Ronnie would have said, "Just tell them." So, although it has been the saddest and most difficult of times, I want you to know that we are comforted by the prayers, the support and all the love.
So many people played a role in making the funeral events possible, and I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually. To those of you who honored my husband by participating, you have my deep appreciation. He would have been proud of your loyalty and humbled by the tremendous expression of affection.

From California to Washington, I've seen beautiful flowers, handwritten sentiments on cards and posters, jars of Ronnie's favorite jelly beans, Western boots and cowboy hats and a sea of American flags. I am so heartened by the depth and sincerity of your devotion to my husband. As I saw the people lining the motorcade routes and heard the special tributes in communities across this country he loved so dearly, I realized once again how Ronnie touched so many of us. I will never forget the sights and sounds at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and in the Capitol Rotunda filled with families and children, the old and the young, all wanting just once more to be in his company.

As every day passes, I am continually amazed by the kindness of strangers and the faithfulness of friends. I am so grateful for your concern and deeply touched by your support. Thank you all so very much.

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, I couldn't let the opportunity pass to reflect upon my husband's love for this great American holiday. He was so proud to have served our country as commander in chief. I know he would have wanted to send a special thank you to the men and women of our armed services. In his memory I send a personal message of gratitude to all of you who are so courageous in the pursuit of freedom.

May God bless you as he did Ronnie.

Nancy Reagan

Bel-Air



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